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Hidden Bench Estate Chardonnay 2017 Wine Review

Hidden Bench Estate Chardonnay 2017

Hidden Bench Estate Chardonnay 2017

Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada

Community Score:91/100

Community Reviews: 2

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Price: $29.95

Drink: 2019-2024

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 13%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: White Wine


Winery: Hidden Bench Estate

Agent: Mark Anthony Wine & Spirits

More Vintages: 2016  2015  2014  2013  2012 

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From the Beamsville Bench in the Niagara Escarpment, the 2016 vintage of the Hidden Bench Estate sources Chardonnay grapes for this wine from those 100% organically grown on the estate and come from the Locust Lane, Felseck and Rosomel Vineyards. Savoury and mouth-watering with toasted almond slivers and green apple on the nose and palate. A full-bodied, balanced Niagara Chardonnay with rich layers of butterscotch and lime notes. Pair with roasted chicken. MINE: The Chardonnay wine grapes for Hidden Bench Estate (2016) were organically grown on the estate and sourced from the Locust Lane, Felseck and Rosomel Vineyards in the Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment. The wine is aged in 100% French oak - some new, second use and older and some also in concrete egg. The internationally acclaimed Hidden Bench is known for its artisanal, terroir-driven wines and this one does not disappoint. Ripe apple, pear, light herbs, vanilla and spice wrapped up in a stony acidity. Elegant and lean with great length. OTHER: Gold Medal winner at the 2019 National Wine Awards of Canada. OTHER: Year after year, since the inaugural release of the 2006 vintage, Hidden Bench's blend of their three estate vineyards is among the most reliably impressive Canadian chardonnays, at an attractive price in the premium chardonnay universe. This 2017 is a topsy-turvy ride of ripe and tart fruit, sweet and fresh, lively and unctuous, with no obvious influence from oak aside from the creamy, lightly leesy texture that barrel fermentation and ageing often entails. I like the walk between density and liveliness, coming across as neither lean nor fat, just finding a happy milieu in the comfort zone. There's genuine depth of flavour here, the kind that only comes from low yields and careful farming. Admirable consistency. Drink now-2024. Score - 92 (John Szabo, MS, winealign.com, June 27, 2019). - Community Wine Reviews

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